What a fantastic driving experience. That really is the best way to describe it.
Of course, the Performance model's biggest selling point is the acceleration, so let's address the elephant in the room; it's bonkers. Totally ridiculous. It produces speed and power beyond anything you'll ever need under current driving regulations. Overtaking on the motorway is effortless but feels so rewarding with all that power.
Because of the headline-grabbing nature of the acceleration, what can often get overlooked is just how well the Model 3 performs in everyday environments - you know, the boring stuff. The answer, it's oh so good.
The ride is firm but controlled and comfortable, with the Model 3 at its best just cruising along.
It was the all-wheel drive system that provided the biggest surprise. Relatively speaking, all electric vehicles are quick off the line - none more so than the Model 3 - but never have I experienced such control.
As it unleashes all that torque, the car remains so measured and composed. There's no wheel spin, no internal fight between the car and the need for traction, it just goes with minimal fuss.
We recently carried out a Polestar 2 review and that was a vehicle that left a big impression on me, but as an overall package, the Model 3 does edge it from a driving perspective. The combination of the immersive speed, complete control and first-class comfort levels make it one impressive machine.
As a slight note of caution, you do hear more of the whistling of wind noise through the front pillars as you hit the higher speeds on the motorway, but generally this is a common issue among electric vehicles rather than a problem specific to Tesla.